「裂ける未来」 (Sake ru Mirai)
“The Future Tears Open”
The time’s ticking toward the series’ finale and it sure looks like Total Eclipse ain’t goin’ out without a bang. As the “terrorists” complete their take over of Yukon base, our main protagonists begin their fight back, and darn is it a sight to behold. Through the course of the last ten minutes alone, we get the unveiling of the newly painted Shiranui models, the return of Yui’s Takemikazuchi Type-00F (some pics of my recently acquired kit here), and cameos of the F-15 Active Eagle, F-16 Fighting Falcons, SU-37s, and I believe a few Migs too. Just a fantastic sight for a mecha lover like myself and one made even better by the increased animation budget for this episode.
Moving on to more serious plot developments though, we finally get a view of the person in charge (Illusive Man anyone?) of this attack, as well as a few other new faces of the RLF (or should I call them “The Christian Allegiance”?). Not much in terms of names regarding our red haired villain, but as the sequence of events and dialogue hint at, there’s definitely some kind of link to the Americans here. And with the the Infinities being moved off the base prior to the attack (and currently initiating a plan of their own), along with the fact they obviously would never intentionally leave their base wide open without a reason (as Sandek alludes to)… things are looking mighty suspicious. Granted though, it’s not surprising to me that the Americans might have an ulterior motive (considering that I know a lot about American politics in the Muv-Luv universe), but it’s nice seeing them really addressing this (and politics in general), as these aspects and the mindset of the individual nations played quite a part in the enjoyment of the original visual novels.
Either way, there’s a lot of concurrent story threads going on at this point in time, and each of them will undoubtedly have a huge impact on how things develop here. Here are some of them off the top of my head:
It’ll be something to see how they all sort themselves out, and to be honest, I’ll be sad to see this series “end”. It hasn’t been the best of rides and the beginnings were a bit rocky, but after things got serious following the first arc, the series has done a heck of a job developing into its own… at least in my opinion.
And as I end this post, I have to say that in terms of who ends up winning the Yuuya x _____ pairing sweepstakes… if there’s one thing this episode seemed to demonstrate, it that Yui is… most likely not going to. Don’t misconstrue this for me being a Yui x Yuuya hater or anything though. It’s just something that I got from this episode, which was the fact that if humanity ends up in some kind of dire situation… it’s likely Yui’s role as a leader and a member of the Royal Guards would make it impossible for her to maintain any kind of actual contact with Yuuya—not to mention she’d likely be thinking more of protecting her country and her comrades at that given time instead. Just a thought/feeling. There’s always the chance no one wins though, considering Yuuya’s affinity for TSF’s over women… heh.